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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A noun, such as book or dog, that can be preceded by the definite article and that represents one or all of the members of a class.

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  • n. A noun that can be preceded by an indefinite article, and denotes any member, or all members of a class; an ordinary noun such as "dog" or "city".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the name of any one of a class of objects, as distinguished from a proper noun (the name of a particular person or thing).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a noun that denotes any or all members of a class

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